Friday, November 30, 2007

The End (director's cut)

Hello again, hello.

So today we took the kids, five of six at least, to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. We left the house around 7:45 and got there at 9:15. Yep, an hour and a half to drive, roughly 45 miles. Gotta love the big city and all them perty little cars, don't cha?

So we get there, and run into someone that is bragging about getting the kids up and ready by six. Yes, I said six. Give me a break, who cares, and why do you want to go through all of that crap anyway, because you know that they will be rather whiny at some point. Oh no, not my kids. Okay, good for you, now excuse me while I ignore your braggard butt.

Maybe I was really that crabby, or maybe I made most of that up in my little mind, you will just have to leave it at that. :-)

First exhibit, The Evolving Planet a cool little history lesson about the natural evolution of the planet and how there are six mass extinction periods throughout the planets history, number six being right now. Trying to scare us a bit, don't you think? Anyway, guess what we found out? There was global warming way back in them thar prehistoric times --- who knew that there were so many SUVs back then!? So, if you want to see some pretty cool stuff, and get preached about how we humans are ruining, just ruining, this beautiful blue planet of ours, go see this exhibit.

Next up, potty break! Katie had to go, then so did Maggie and Jessie, and Jenni. Danny wanted to follow them, and did, only to get rejected and sent back out with us boys. :-)

Next we saw something on Life in the Pacific--eh! It was okay, I guess. Although the fun was watching Jenni change Danny's poopy diaper in record time, before a group of school kids came through. Amazing stuff, let me tell you. I guess he really did have to go, maybe we should start thinking Toilet training.... naw, too early still.

Next we went to some Indian hut for stargazing (Editor's note: There was a trip to the underground where we all got shrunk down to less than an inch in height and saw the world as the bugs do, before lunch. Apparently the author of this piece either didn't enjoy it, or just forgot about it, we are not sure, but we felt that it was important to add our three cents at this point. We leave you now for the rest of this tale...) I wanted to go and se the map exhibit, and the kids wanted to see Egypt. Truth be told Katie and Maggie wanted to come with me to see the maps -- I told them it would be boring for them --- which cost extra, so Jenni put her foot down on that one. I saw the map exhibit alone. It was really cool though, not the alone part, the maps that they had in there. They had this 'book' of maps, where the book was easily six feet - if not more - tall. Really cool.

After we got back together, the girls took me through the Egypt exhibit, while Jenni and Benjy stayed with Danny - who was sleeping. I enjoyed that exhibit very much, but we did do a pretty abbreviated tour. We did see a winter hat inside a sarcophugus(sp?), which seemed to be out of place, if you ask me.

After that Danny woke up and we decided to hit the road for the trip back. Danny was not having fun and was crying... a lot! Benjy was getting frustrated with Danny's crying, I was getting frustrated with the traffic. The girls were fighting. Jenni was gasping everytime a car came near. Oh and Andy's girlfriend Rachael, called and tried to talk Jenni out of keeping Andy grounded for the night - not going to work sister!

Two hours later...

We're home! Yikes, what an ugly ride that was. Stop and go, and stop and go, and stop, and go....
I, of course, did my best to give everyone whiplash. :-0 Oy!

After we get back Andy comes home from work, tries one or two ore times to get a chance to go out --- no such luck! I'll have to share that story, if I haven't already, sometime. Anyway, Jenni and I then did go out do some Christmas shopping - bought tons and TONS of stuff! Then we went to Sweet Tomatoes (I had never been there before) and had some soup and salad, actually it was salad then soup, and we relaxed a bit before we came home to find Danny awake and the rest of the kids asleep.


That's a wrap for the extended version. If I have more, and I always do, I will add it later - which I don't always do.

Good night - it's gonna be a cold one!

The End

of NaBloPoMo is here. Now, since this is last minute, it will probably be short. Also, not sure what clock we're going off of but it is currently 10:40pm here, so I made the deadline!!

Now, what to write about? Lots actually, but I don't know if I can in my current condition.... the condition of having to go #2! Eww!! Hey, it happens.

Short and sweet, got up, got dresssed, drove to Chicago, saw the Field Museum of Natural History, got back in car, drove home, took Jenni Christmas shopping -- bought tons of stuff!, went to a late dinner at Sweet Tomatoes, came home, put Danny to bed (yep, at 10:30!), because the babysitters (A & B) were asleep, hopped on computer, here I am!


Longer version will fill in any and all gaps, but I have to go and take care of something, right now!!

C - Ya!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I Don't Know What To Write!


Maybe it's because I am braindead from getting up at 2:30 this morning, after finally falling asleep around 11-ish.

Maybe it's because I am dreading the fact that I need to stand in a Christmas tree lot, in very cold weather. Granted in a couple of months we will be looking forward to temps like these, but it just isn't the same coming from warmer temps to colder temps as it is from colder to cold.... Do you understand what I am saying to you?

I'm not going to try to explain, because I don't think that I can at this point.

Hey, only one more day of NaBloPoMo!! Woo Hoo!!! I shall make it for sure. Unless, of course, the dinosaur exhibit at the museum comes to life and just ruins my day. :-0 Hey it could happen, right?

PITA is PITA is PITA... You would think that JC would have learned how to motivate these guys by now. Instead he sends out meeting notices to talk about the disappointing numbers from this past month. Never mind the fact that we still don' have P.O.s from 3/4 of the work we do... Oh well, one never learns when one thinks they know it all already, right?

Reminds me.... It's Quote Time!!! I wonder which fascinating quote I shall pick today.... let's see:

“A truth that’s told with bad intent, beats all the lies you can invent.” ~William Blake

How about them apples? Not sure what it all means, but I can guess.

Okay, I'm back - miss me? Just took a little break and took a look at myself in the mirror. Okay, that isn't why I took the break, sheesh. I have a large ego, but that's just crazy! Anyway, while looking in the mirror, I noticed something... I look tired. Not quite old yet, but definitely tired. What does that mean? Well, I did mention getting up at 2:30 remember, and that was sixteen hours ago. Maybe that has something to do with it, or could the PITA be getting to me? Naw, that's crazy!

Or is it?

Okay, I was going to leave it at that, but it just didn't feel right. Someone might read more into it than what I intended. Of course, it was a great dramatic-end-of-a-chapter kind of moment, wasn't it? Oh well. Who likes their job all the time anyway, right? It's not like I hate my job all the time or anything like that. It was funny when JC came and asked if everything was alright, saying I didn't look happy, or something like that. Maybe more of me is showing than I thought, I better work on that!

Yikes! Look at the time! I told Andy that I would be at the tree lot around seven... of course, I also told him to not be mad if I get there at eight. :-)

Sneaky, aren't I?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Things to Ponder?

"If a man is standing in the middle of the forest speaking and there is no woman around to hear he still wrong?"

Now what kind of idiotic masochist would say something like that? I mean that is just asking for trouble, must be why there is no name associated with it. I will tell you where I got it from though. I got it from one of those widgets, I think that's what they are called, called 'Things to Ponder' that gives me new 'ponders' every fifteen minutes, or so. I haven't actually timed the refresh rate, but it doesn't really matter anyway, right?

I guess our audit went through with colors, haven't heard whether they were flying or not. Did hear an appropriate description of my current career path, as being a "geek-fest." Yep, that would be us, more or less. Just remember Bill Gates was/is a geek as well.

Oh well, just thought I would share that tidbit of info with you all. Happy now?


Yep, everybody's favorite subject... NOT!!

Pat Sajak has a few words he would like to share, an now he can. So, if you want to know what Mr. Sajak has to say about celebrity endorsements of politicians, you can go there, now or then.

Just having some fun with hyperlinks, at least I think that is what I am having fun with. Who knows, really, right?

Surely not me.

Want to see what horrifies animal activists? Some times people care more about animals than fellow people. What a shame. Of course that's just being selfish.

Right now we are trying to simplify things for everyone here at work, by coming up with play by play or step by step, whatever it takes to make things easier around here. Of course, we have a group of stodgy old folks that don't take to well to change. Oh well. Maybe this will make them consider retirement a little sooner. :-)

Oh well, I'm bored of writing this right now, so I will leave you with a quote....

“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” ~Voltaire

So put your hat on that!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New Word!!!

And it has to be the absolute best one I have EVER heard, are you ready...


That is the word that my loving wife calls my bad moods. Or, at least what she will call them from now on. Just in case anyone cares -- this word is now officially trademarked to us! That's right, don't you forget that if you want to use it. Of course for a small fee....

Anyway, I am at home now, see how fast that word works? And I am not taking a nap (told ya!) Apparently I will also be taking my daughter Katie to her girl scouts meeting (news to me). I am assuming that I will going back to work soon-ish. Be it after I pick up Benjy at six, or sooner, then head home, then... who knows? Maybe I'll just pass out and not worry about anything until tomorrow. :-)


No, it's not something cool, more than likely, it's a cold. That sucks. What should I expect though after spending several hours (about 7 of them) out in the cold, and four of them screaming my head off. Okay, so I only screamed a few times - but for a good reason, mind you, not like what Chester does with Linkin Park. Of course, if I could do that and make lots of money, I would. I digress.

Anyway, people all around me think that I look sick, and sound sick, I am a little more on the crabby side (yes, I took my meds!), and I have to blow my nose every 79 seconds. Maybe I am getting sick. I really don't feel like it, but... The sick person is always the last to know, right? Anyway, so now I am stuck in a quandary. Do I go home and try to take a nap, or do I tough it out and stay at work? As much as I think I would like a nap, I doubt if I would actually sleep. No, it has nothing to do with the kids, it has something to do with my, for lack of a better term, biological clock. If it is daylight outside, I am less apt to sleep, believe it or not. Now there are some occasions where that theory is blown right out the window, like when I get winded while getting a twinkie or something. Seriously though, I don't believe that I will get a nap in, if I go home, and if I do I will probably be awakened before it would help and be more of a crab, then.

The second part just plays with my greed, pure and simple. You see, if I stay for as long as I was planning, I will collect two more hours of overtime pay, and I can always use more money. Who couldn't, right? It seems like the more I make, the more I spend, so what's the answer to that problem? Make less? Who knows. Now, if I stay all day, I will be tired and I will be a little more edgy/crabby, however knowing my history, I think that this might be the better choice, because I am more of an ass if I get woken up early, and...

Sorry, about that. There was a dramatic pause for those of you not paying attention.

Anyway, I just remembered that I have Progresso Chicken Noodle Soup, so all is good now. I also took a couple of decogestants, figuring that it can't hurt either.

More later...

Monday, November 26, 2007

Here they are...

I know they aren't the greatest, but this is what comes from a Cell Phone camera...

Here is a picture from when we first walked into the stadium, I wish I would have taken one from outside, so that you could see the difference from the ugly appearance on the outside (it looks like a UFO crash-landed in the middle of the old Soldier Field. Inside though, it is very nice.

This is a shot from behind the North endzone, where Mister Devin Hester decided to make a couple of historic returns. The first one, off of a punt, he ran under the tunnel approximately from where the first picture was taken. Obviously, we weren't in the tunnel itself, but the people sitting in those seats saw him running right at them.Next up is a picture from our seats, while the teams were warming up before the game. The Broncos are in white, and the Bears were in Navy, although I think that in this picture there were more Broncos on the field than Bears. This kid that was sitting behind us had gone down to try an get an autograph, but ended up getting a football instead. Brandon Stokely, from the Broncos (#14) came right up to the kid and gave him the football. That was pretty cool of Stokely to do that, and I bet he has a new fan for life. I know that I appreciate him more, and I'm not even the kid's father.Here is the young man that made all of these pictures possible. No not the inventor of the cell phone camera, but my son Andy!! Yea!! Okay, my voice is cracking a little bit because I was in full holler last night. Maybe a little Brandy will help. :-) Actually, as you can tell, we were a bit bundled up for the occasion. The thermometer on the big screen said it was thirty-nine degrees, with a wind chill of thirty-one, so I guess we shouldn't be too whiny, right? Besides there were some morons out there without their shirts on - thankfully, no pictures of them to share.This is some game "action." Okay, it's actually Denver in an offensive huddle, while the Bears defense gets ready to do some defending. If I remember correctly, this is where the Broncos coughed up the ball and gave the Bears great field position... but they blew it and fumbled the ball away themselves leading to a Broncos touchdown later. So, I 'technically' took the picture before a big Broncos scoring drive, right?Again, I want to thank the academy... oops, sorry wrong speech. Thanks again to Andy! Even though the Broncos lost, I still had a GREAT time!!

A New Day

Yes sir, all better now.

Came into work this morning expecting the worst - got it. Actually it wasn't too bad, just everyone dressed up in Bears gear, and singing that flipping song.

"Bear Down Chicago Bears..."

Oh well, like I said last night, it was a fun experience, despite the outcome, and I got the chance to spend some one-on-one time with Andy, so no matter what the game was a worthwhile experience. He even got to see Hester return, not one, but two punt/kickoff's for touchdowns. I think I said that already, but... I'm in a repetitive mood. If I can figure out how to email the pictures I took from the game, and if they are good, I will post them. Be forewarned, they came from a camera phone.

More later!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Woe is Me..

Broncos lost to the Bears today, 37-34 in OT. The only good thing about the game was spending the time with Andy, and seeing the Broncos dominate.... of course then they had to let the Bears back in it. Oh well. "Tis just a game afterall, right? Of course, I think that the New England Patriots are going to win everything anyway. Although Philadelphia is giving them a challenge tonight. As we speak, it is 31-28 New England, so we'll see if they can come back.


Oh well, I'm tired and want to go to bed now. :-)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Happy Saturday!

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding one’s self in the ranks of the insane.” ~Marcus Aurelius

I think that I am going to start adding quotes to the beginning of my posts from now on. Why? Don't know really, just thought that it might show you what I find to be profound thoughts of the great and not-so great people of our past. How's that sound?

Anyway, here it is Saturday and I am where? You got it, work! I must really love my job, you say? Well, parts of it I do enjoy. Coming in on Saturday's is not one of them. Alas, I am greedy and have plenty of mouths to feed at home, and barring any major announcement, I need to work the overtime. I wonder when that money ship is expected to come in? Doesn't matter rally, though. Why? Because then I'll be bitching about a whole new bunch of problems, and I would probably lose the desire to share these thoughts with you all. No great loss, I'm sure, but since I am doing right this second, what I want to do a lot more of, then ... Well you can see how it would be a bad thing. Now, if I were to be earning 'buckets of money' doing this, I would probably complain a lot less. :-)

"If it is to be it is up to me." -- Ten profound words from somebody that I don't know, saw it posted on a blackboard somewhere in high school, probably on Mr. Gorce's board, always liked his classes. Didn't like Beowulf, but that's just me I am sure. :-)

Read an article today about people that are sterilizing themselves, because it is selfish of them to have children and increase their "carbon footprint." Give me a break. I mean this whole 'going green' crap is getting kind of crazy. I mean, I believe that when Mt. St. Helen's blew it's top, it left a larger 'footprint' then everyone on earth for a whole year did. Besides, I don't see Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Gore changing much of his 'footprint' unless it is from his bloated size, due to his bloated ego, in receiving a "peace prize" for creating a chaotic world where people are worried about how many carbons they are emitting.... Check back in thirty years, or so, when Global Cooling will be all the rage again. This is just some bitter scientist's excuse for not being able to prove or disprove the presence of God!

Anyway, to the people that want to sterilize themselves to decrease their 'footprint,' I know of another way in which you can accomplish that, and that would be the ultimate bit of selfishness by taking themselves out of the picture. I'll keep it at that, but if you need a better clue, do like Jim Jones and drink the Kool-aid. Morons. Oh well, the world would probably be better without their kids anyway. I know, I know, I am a mean son of a gun, aren't I?


Have a great day! I'm going to try to improve mine. :-)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday!!

You know the day when all the retailers say they finally made some money for the year. It is also the day where normal sane people brave the weather and stand in line for a chance to get a "door-buster" - that special deal that will NEVER happen again - you know the one where the last week before Christmas you can find it for less than the DB price.

Who the heck would go through all of that?

Me. And I was solo. Go figure, right. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to spend money on Jenni and the kids whenever I get the chance. I just don't usually do it at five in the morning. As it turns out, I had only one store to go to and one item to look for/purchase. That was Jenni's Christmas present.

By the way, if you are keeping score at home, this is the first time that I have been told what to buy her for Christmas in our married life. So, after fifteen years of wedded bliss, I no longer have to choose. Cool? We'll see. :-)

So here I am in the 20 degree weather - you just knew that it was going to be cold, didn't you? At least it wasn't snowing or worse, windy. As I said, I'm standing in line with all the other "idiots" waiting to buy Jenni a Garmin GPS unit for $128 - great deal, I guess, for something that retails normally at over $200. Personally, I would have chosen one with more "bells and whistles" (like Australian accents!), but Jenni wisely reminded me that we don't need all of that, and well there is the whole, how much would we use it issue.

Okay, I'm standing outside, in line, at 4:35am, with about 120 people in front of me. What do you think the odds are of my getting the Garmin? Yep. So, Jenni might be getting more "bells and whistles" anyway.

Hold that thought.... I'm on a mission for Jenni... be back in a few...

Okay, I'm back after an unsuccessful search of the attic for some missing decorations. Gonna have to find them, or else. :-)

Another observation I made while waiting in line. Approximately five minutes before the doors to the store opened, people started appearing near the entrance. This lady in front of me was going on and on, saying "no they didn't, no they didn't just do that!" Ma'am, yes they just did, and there really isn't anything you or I can do about it, so...

I moseyed my way on through the 'chaos' of a Black Friday. Got back to where the Garmin's are supposed to be, and I think I saw one customer walk away with two of the GPS devices (probably on eBay as we speak), and I only saw one more after that.


They had three? Unbelievable. Who am I kidding, it actually is quite believable. So I left the store and called Jenni to tell her the bad news - I think she's okay with it, but if I would have got up sooner....

Doubt it, really I do.

I did go back in and picked up a couple of items - can't mention them here though, don't want to ruin any surprises. :-)

At 9, me, Andy and Benjy were at the Boy Scout tree lot. Yep, it's that time of the year when we get to sell Christmas Trees to the fine citizens of Batavia. A tradition that has been going on for more than sixty years. Wow! Who knew? Anyway, I listen to the message left last night, regarding start time, etc.. and heard "tomorrow morning at 8..." Ah crap! We thought it was supposed to be nine. Oh well, we did get there in time to unload the tree though. Always a fun experience, although some of them there scouts need to get a little stronger work ethic. They all wanted to be on the truck, until they realized that they would have to do some work. What? We have to do what? No way, dude. I just want to be on top of the trees - look at me!! Okay, all fine and good, now give me a tree, please.

After three hours at the lot, Andy and I made our 'escape' and headed home. Benjy stayed and helped for another hour - and got some pizza, so not all bad. Benjy and I were back at the lot at five to work our shift. In four hours, the boys sold three trees. Slow night, I guess. But Benjy got an extra $42 into his scout account because of our efforts, so not too bad for him, or us, because that will help pay for upcoming scouting events.

Told you about the misadventures of some of our Christmas decorations already, so... I shall bid you all a good night, and fill you in on more of my exciting life!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Words of Wisdom

From a Founding Father for Thanksgiving.

"It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of
Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits,
and humbly to implore his protection and favors."
-- George Washington (Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789)

Have a great day!!


A time for Turkey...Okay, not that Turkey, but this turkey. The bird that Benjamin Franklin wanted to be our national bird, which would make all of our Thanksgiving dinners illegal. :-) Can't kill and eat the national bird, after all. No matter how you like your turkey and all of the toppings, or whatever else they are..... sorry, had some serious brain freeze going on there. Give me a break, it's early.

What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Is it the turkey, the stuffing, the yams, oh there is so much to choose from. Except maybe mince-meat pie.... Although I think that is more of a Christmas pie. Pumpkin pie is the pie of choice for this holiday, with whipped cream.. yum. Now I'm hungry.

This turkey is making a statement for the other white meat. :-) Don't worry mister turkey, I'll have plenty of ham as well. I need to stop talking about food, getting hungrier by the minute.

Now this is the best part of Thanksgiving for me... my family. I thank God every day for blessing me with my wonderful family. I don't know what I would do without them, and I cherish every minute spent together with them.

From my family to yours,

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Birding with Grandpa!

Actually with Great Grandpa!

And Uncle Alan, yes that uncle with all of the bird photo's. It was an educational experience for all. Too bad the weather wasn't better, but what do you expect for this time of year? The kids and Jenni met Grandpa and Uncle Alan to do a little bird watching. I believe they were on the lookout for an owl of some sort.... Ah yes, the screech owl. No that isn't a reference to Danny. (Stop that!)
This is a cute picture of Danny and Jessie (see he likes you!!), it looks like they are in a bird next or something. I really don't know since I was here... at work. :-(
Have a Happy Pre-Thanksgiving Day!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

How Do I Do It?

No really, I want the answer and I want it now?

How do I continue to come to this place day after day, spending countless hours doing a job that has become increasingly more boring with every passing minute, hour, day, week and month.


I don't know what to do. I don't know what I want to do. It is quite a quandry, and I don't like it. There really isn't much of a challenge here. I mean to be honest some of my kindergarteners behave better than the people I work with and they're five or six years old. So you would think that I would have a good example of this, but I don't. Why? Because I am just so tired of it and numb to it all that I cannot formulate anything to say about it.

It's all "she said," "she said," "he said," "I didn't do it," "it was them," "it wasn't me...."

You know what, just shut up and do your job, please.

Then I have someone that I need to apparently babysit. EL likes to be liked, and likes to try and impress everyone with their acumen when it comes to the job. The problem is EL doesn't like to take the time to do the job correctly, like checking serial numbers, and all that other stuff. So EL gets to stay on 100% checks for, life it appears, because EL doesn't want to invest in taking the time to do the job correctly.

Then there is the lying, and sticking with the lie even when EL knows that EL has been caught in the lie. Kind of like the five year old that tries to pull one over on Mom and Dad, never realizing that Mom and Dad were five once as well. Oh well, I really don't want to go any further with EL, who is some need of growing up and to quit trying to be someone that EL isn't.

Did I mention that the Broncos won last night? -- Whoo Hoo!!!!

I posted this picture on the family site, liked it so much over there, I'm posting it here as well. Thanks again to for the pics. They are cool.

With that I will say, good night, until next time... who knows maybe that will be later tonight if ATT fix my darn internet problem - oh I am sure that they will claim that there isn't anything wrong on their end, but we all know better now, don't we. :-)


And in first place! Yep, the Broncos ended up winning the game last night 34-20. Of course if you look at just the stat sheet you would think that the Titans won the game, dominated the game in fact. My guess is that Denver was in a more or less prevent defense scheme, since they were up by 14 early and often.

Next up... The Chicago Bears! I'll be there, thanks to Andy getting me tickets for the game. Hopefully they will do well and win this game also. That'd be cool. Chicago is a team that has played sporadically this season and I'm not sure which team will show up. I do like the team that Denver has brought to the table the past couple of weeks though. The offense is finally clicking, and without a lot of their star/key players.

Like I said we'll see.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Are you ready for some football?

Well yeah.

Especially with the Broncos playing the Titans tonight on ESPN. Unfortunately, I am too dirt-ass poor to pay for cable, that I will not be able to enjoy the game. C'est la vie!

Look at me speaking, er writing, in French.

Anyway, as much as I would love to watch the game, only so I can become the animal that I really am, when the Bronc's screw up, I can't. So, if my computer is working properly - by that I mean my internet connection, I will more than likely be sitting in front of the screen watching the Gamecast on or, whichever one shows the Broncos winning, of course.

I have probably jinxed them, so they'll lose by eighty now. Ugh - it has been one of those seasons. I was so excited about them going to SuperBowl XLII this year. Alas, it looks like New England will be going 19-0 and taking all of the fun out of it. Oh well. It is just a game, right?

The Dynamo are the champions of the MLS for the second year-in-a-row, whoo hoo!

Who are the Dynamo, and what sport do they play?

Ahyes, those of you that don't follow the MLS don't realize who the Dynamo are. The are a great soccer team from Houston Texas. So there, now you know.

The Queen and Prince Phillip have been married for sixty years!! Wow! She's been the Queen for fifty-five of them. Congrats go out to Queen Elizabeth II, God Save the Queen, indeed.

I'm in charge at work this week, since the BOSS decided to take off today instead of tomorrow, or Wednesday like he originally planned.

Party Time!!

Not much else really, other than the computer/internet not working so good at home. I guess I'll have to bring a backup for tonight. :-) Shhh, don't tell.

See ya later!

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Gonna be quick and short... my computer, I mean internet access is working like crap and it will knock me out without any notice, More tomorrow, I promise.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Oh The Humanity!!

Okay, so what I write here doesn't actually pertain to the title, but it was the first thing that popped into my head when I came here to type my daily diatribe about, whatever I am diatribing about. Okay, so English is my second language... I kid, because I can.

So how goes the race out there? Let me tell you.. the Scots lost a heartbreaker to the Italians, so they are now out of Euro 2008. England got a reprieve today when Israel beat Russia. Now watch them blow it against Croatia, the English that is. They should be in, since the just need a draw, but.... Russia needs to beat Andorra, who hasn't won a match yet, and hope that Croatia beats England on Wednesday.

I'm wearing the new school hat of my beloved Broncos today, mainly because it was there and my hair looks like crap. Maybe I need another haircut, or I could just take a shower every now and again. Pee Ewe! Not sure if that is correct or not, but not really caring either.

Another twelve glorious hours at work today, actually I think it is closer to fourteen, in my mind. :-) The other good thing about working this many hours is that I have officially surpassed the threshold being taxed for social security. Second time I have ever done that, with the last time it happened, I didn't have to work as hard. :-) Who knows, maybe next year I won't have to work as long either, as I may be moving up in the world. I, of course, will believe that when I see it. It appears that I am the only one that did not get my raise on the last check... what is up with that?!?!!

Ohio State beat up on Michigan 14-3, to keep their season alive as far as the BCS is considered.

Illinois beat Northwestern, don't know the final, so I really should be carefful there. Who knows, maybe they made a comeback... NOT!

Yeppers, I am bored and am having moments of whatever this is... I should save some for tomorrow, or else the NaBloPoMo goes down in flames! I am more than halfway through, I wonder how everyone else is doing? Maybe.

Oh well, I'm tired of doing this for now, so I shall scoot on along and chit-chat later!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Eagles vs Eagles...

...With a little coot to boot!

Some more photo's from that photograher that loves to do what he does. :-)
Here are a couple of juvenile Bald Eagles, fighting over an afternoon snack -- coot!

Pretty cool acrobatic moves, don't you think? I imagine the video of this "epic battle" would be fun to watch. Then comes along an adult that is looking for a snack itself...

So the juvies split apart, and mamma or maybe dadda, swoops in and, you can see the result.

Okay, that's not really what happened, at least not with this whole series of photos. I picked and chose a couple to make a "story" however, this does actually happen in the wild, where the adults come along and steal the juvenile catch/lunch.

As always if you want more info go here.

See ya!!

New Toys!!

I've added some new stuff to the blog - so cool, right?!

I have added music and a map of where I have been, throughout my life, which isn't much really. Only about 4% of the world. Now if it were just the U S of A, then I have closer to 80%.

The music will eventually have a larger selection, when I find the time to add stuff. Know what I mean?

Anyway, that's it for now, just thought I would add something now, so I did.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


We have this little Tigger, and when you press his hand he sings the Tigger song, you know the one that goes " The wonderful thing about Tiggers,..." Anyway, Danny loves it, in fact he loves it so much that he will play it over and over again. Cool.

Way better than watching Barney, or the Wiggles, again and again.

Well half of the duo from down south are gone, which means that we are getting closer to being on our own at the PITA ranch. Where, surprise, surprise people aren't as happy as the big cheese thinks they are. What o do? Do I let him know so that he can spaz out about it, or should I just keep it to myself, and you fellow readers? Personally, I think that I will just kind of chill out for a while, besides I might get a lead on a position in Huntsville if I keep it cool, you know.

Not much else to say, other than no big revelations with Jesus this morning, although I was quite the tired one. Stayed out with the dynamic duo and the big cheese eating,drinking and being merry. Saw the first snow flurries of the season - I still haven't broken out the jacket yet. (Don't know why, so don't ask). I think today it got up to forty, it's supposed to be the same tomorrow.

I wonder if I am not typing the keys hard enough, because I noticed that a few words were misspelled up there. Oh well.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

PITA - Networking

Gotta network, they say.

Okay, I can do that, I guess. Who are they?

They are the ones in the know. You know?

No, I don't know, but if it is required of me, then what can I say?

So... I will be out 'networking' tonight, then at 3am I will be sitting with Jesus.

Not really a bad night I would say.

Not sure where we are going tonight, either a nice Italian restaurant that is close to my house, or Weber Grill, which isn't. Either way, it's free food, so I can't complain too much, plus I get some exposure for myself with people that are higher up in the food chain.

Ta Da!! Networking, pretty easy I guess. Unless there are a lot of dramatic pauses, which are then broken up by the insanity that is me. I'll let you know later, maybe.

I also am starting with adoration again. So, every Thursday morning from 3-4am I will be in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Way cool! Aside from the hour, however we figure it will help with getting me to work sooner, which I apparently need to do. :-)

I don't think that I can bring the laptop in, so no blogging from the feet of Jesus tonight, but maybe I will get some new insight into my life, and the world around me. That would be pretty awesome, don't you think?

Me too.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

PITA - Time!


What a day, let me tell you. I have a fairly normal and consistent routine when I come in to work in the morning. I arrive anywhere from 4:30 (Ha!) to 6:00am, fire up the ol' computer, go fill my cup with ice and then cover that ice with some refreshing Diet Coke. Yummy, so satisfying, hard to believe that I want to drop it from my life forever.... we'll see.

Anyway, after doing all the above, I come back to the computer, where it should be ready for the new day. It takes about five minutes on good days to get up to speed, somedays a little longer. (Like Mondays?) Then I go through my morning backlog reports , where I take them and spread them to the world of the lab, and they welcome them with open arms, no, really they do. :-)

To put into perspective the day I had, I still haven't sent out the backlog reports. No point now, really, besides there will be tomorrow's. My problems began with my trying to get a new backlog report downloaded to my computer, then it was let's pull Roger in to as many directions possible. First it was LD, then SM, then EC, then JS, then.....

Yikes! I finally got the email up and running by, oh 11-ish. Then it was lunch and networking, which gave everyone back at the office time to reload. :-) Now, I am here by myself, trying to get motivated about getting some work done. Ugh! Actually, I'll be saved by the bell soon, because I have a "Cookie Mom/Dad" meeting for Jenni's Girl Scout troop. I haven't benn the last few years, but they have made some changes, so... I should probably go. I hope it's a relatively short meeting, but I somehow doubt that will be the case.

Okay, my mind just blanked. I kid you not, I was going to write so much more, but nothing's there. Heck, I'm surprised I have typed this much. Maybe I'm working through the block, and this will become an eight thousand word entry.... NOT!!

More another time - at least tomorrow, gotta keep the NaBloPoMo streak going, you know. At least it's better than my NaNoWriMo stats, I have probably two thousand words for one story, two thousand for another and several hundreds still in my head... but my enthusiasm there has waned a bit, and I really am losing interest there. I should just work at my own pace... zzzzzzzz.... SNAP OUT OF IT!!!!

Bye bye

Monday, November 12, 2007


I actually have a comment on one of my posts. What the heck? Amazing though I think it's one of them tar spammers. Oh well, first comment.

Whoo Hoo!!

Fun day at the PITA today. Some biggly-wigglies are in town to help us convert our old system to the new system. Actually, they came here because they are sadists, or is it masochists? Anyway, they are here to deal with the one and only and all of her questions.

Lucky them.

I actually had a brainstorm and it might actually help things around here, from that other room. We'll see. More on that in a couple of weeks, if it happens. :-)

I tease, therefore I am.

Can't remember... did I mention that the Broncos won? Way cool, let me tell you. Unfortunately, the Colts lost, who would have thought that Mr. Automatic Veneteri - however you spell it, missed not one but two field goals. The first was a rushed job, from about 42 yards away. The second was a 29 yard chipshot, I say chipshot because I can actually make one from that far. It's only 5 yards, I think, from a PAT. Oy!!

Oh well, I better wrap this up now, because I have to head out and pick up B from Scouts.


Sunday, November 11, 2007


Saw a great movie tonight called Bella. Too bad it isn't in wide release though. The movie has a great message about life and just how precious it really is. I HIGHLY recommend you to see it. So go... NOW!

Next up, the Broncos won today!!! Yea!! Now if San Diego loses tonight, then the Broncos will be tied for first place. Granted it's still a pretty crappy record, at 4-5, but it is still first place! Can't believe that I actually wrote that.

So there is this great movie out that you all need to seee, called Bella. A great story about how precious life is, go see it.

You know what else I saw at the movie theater? A poster for a movie called 'Rambo.' Go figure. Not too many original ideas out there I guess, so why not bring back some iconic figure from the '80's. Maybe the writer's strike will bring some fresh ideas, maybe.

Okay, gotta go, it's close to beddy-bye time.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Driving Myself Nuts!!

I think that I am putting too much pressure on myself with this NaNoWriMo stuff. I mean I have these story ideas running through my head, some of them even pretty good, but when I start to write them down...


They are gone or, as in the case today, I start writing down what is in my head and thinking that it's going to translate well on the page. Guess what? I wrote myself right into a freaking hole! One that I am having a hard time digging myself out of, at that.

Now, I know that the whole point of NaNaWriMo is to just write, but apparently I am the type of writer that takes my stuff too seriously, even this believe it or not, that if I see one problem wrong with it... then I don't want to have anything else to do with it.

What the heck is wrong with me? I mean, I KNOW that I have the talent, as I have proven to not just myself but others, to write, but.... I don't know if it is just an insecurity issue or what. Trust me, I have plenty of support at home, I may joke that I don't, but I know that my family wants nothing more than for me to succeed with my writing.

So here I am at forty years of age haveing the same self-doubt issues that I seem to have had my entire life. I need to get over it, but HOW?

Does anyone know? Is this just a bout with writer's block? Should I just give it all up?

I don't think so. Giving up never solved anything for me before. I just am hating the way I am feeling, and I don't really think that I need any kind of "help" from anyone in the psychiatric world, thank you very much.

Maybe I'm just too arrogant.

That's a different approach, but there may be something there. I'm too arrogant and therefore I am filled with self-doubt because if I end up writing something that reads like crap, then my world will come crashing down. I am my own worse critic. For the most part I am my ONLY critic, because I don't like to share my, in my mind, inferior work.

Maybe I'm just lying to myself.

Interesting, afterall who amI hurting by doing that? Just myself, which then leads back to the whole self-doubt issue and....

Should self-doubt be hyphenated there? Or should it just be self doubt? I'm starting to think the latter sense I'm not really trying to combine the two words, right? Ugh. English is such a fun language, don't you think?

Want to hear something funny, or read it I guess? My current boss, JC - and he isn't The JC, told me that my evals that I wrote for him were going to need to be work over and improved by him. Oh my goodness, what a liar he is! Trust me I have seen them and if there are any changes, there are very minimal and don't do anything for what I wrote. Can I just call him puddwhacker from now on?

Sure can, it's my blog afterall.

Friday, November 9, 2007

A Calm Day

Although someone did ask me if I took my meds. That'll teach me to share that bit of information with anyone. :-)

Today was a rather quiet day, since we are winding down using one system and will be ramping up to a new system starting Monday.

Gonna need some Advil!

Actually, I think that I have the new system down pretty good, still learning new things here and there, but that was to be expected. Anyway, today was kind of slow and dull, because since we will be going to the new system on Monday, and there was some kind of Indian (India the country, mind you) hoiday, we had top cease bringing in new equipment on the old system Tuesday. Which means that we could only work on what has already been processed on the old system. Guess what! It be all gone now. Well most of it anyway.

I'll come in tomorrow, because I am a slave to my own greed, and get some more work done - at least one post here. :-) We have to get ready for some bigger wigs to come in and help us with the transition. JC says I NEED to go out with the bigger wigs when they get here. Something about visibility, but if something is going on at home, guess what? I be going home.

I need to stop talking like that. It is really crappy English, and if I want people to take me seriously - as a writer, then I need to be a little better with the language and all of it's proper uses. Ya know what I'm sayin'?

I was playing with Google Docs earlier and left a couple of posts on the family blog, of which I would post a link to, but I can't remember the URL, so you will just have to trust me. :-)

It's a pretty cool little tool, because I can type up a document, or whatever, and edit it for later. Then I can also open it up to be shared with, whoever, and whatever. So far, I like it, and I think that Jenni will as well. I mean she types up her emails in word and then copy and pastes them to her email, the only difference her being that Google will do the cutting and pasting. Cool, right?

I feel like adding a picture, so I will...
... So I can't count.
As always go to Alan's website for more.
Okay, that's all for now. I'm actually motivated to write something, must be the meds, so I better get cracking - or I will regret it, or is that forget?
Cheers, it's Friday!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

More Cool Pics!

Little birdies flying by. Okay, not so little, but the cool and proud American Bald Eagle. Is it actually an American, I don't know. Hmmm.

As always visit here for some more cool pics!

I'm posting pics, not to cheat on my NaBloPoMo commitment, but because I'd rather talk about majestic birds instead of, well you know, my PITA.

Besides I want to go home now, and if I get the chance, you know I will be back. :-)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Trying to find a new profile picture, the beginning.

PITA part Deux

Oh my goodness. I think that the natives are driving me nuts.

First we got LD bitching about staying up all night getting upset over her little raise - of which I tried to reminder her that it was BIGGER than mine.

"Bullshit Roger!"

Well, it is true. I have seen the numbers and they don't lie. I think the reason JC didn't have me in when he gave the rest of the Admin staff their evals/raises is because he knew I would just go nuts over it. Okay, so if this were to be a sign for me, I think I need to find a new JOB.

Unbelievable. You'd think that I would get a little bigger piece of the pie, afterall I was responsible for nearly 20% of all the billing here. We had a RECORD year! This company blows and the sooner I am out of here the better, I think. Of course, JC says that JP is working on something from LR.


I'm just sick and tired of all the BS! If I had somewhere else to go, I'd be there!

Speaking of being there... I'm gonna go home and be there with my kids.

More later, maybe.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Soap Opera

Yep, my work life is a Soap Opera.

My goodness, what a pain in the ass (PITA) today was. It started out okay, at 5am, because no one was here! :-)

Actually, it wasn't too bad for the first half of the day. After lunch... Oy! The funny thing was that we were just talking about how things looked good here and that everything was coming together...


Oh man, blah blah did this and is calling me an idiot, okay blah blah why did you call blah blee an idiot? I didn't, but blah blee is one.

Anyway, we get them settled down when blah blee goes and riles up blah blah again and...


Okay, firt off, I need to come up with some better names than blah blah and blah blee, but I swear that was all I heard.

It gets better.

Time to tell everyone what crappy raises they are getting. You know, we kick some serious ass around here and all we're getting is a lousy 2-3% raise. WTF?!! If I didn't get mine earlier in the year I'd be pretty PO'd myself, but since I pretty much got a 30% bump this year, I can't really complain. Add to the fact that I'm working tons of OT, and I'm running laps around everyone, pay wise.

Our little secret.

Anyway, it is now fourteen hours since I arrived here this morning - I'm going home.

Monday, November 5, 2007

What to do?

The boss wants me to write reviews and evaluations for everybody.

No problem.

Including me.


Contrary to popular belief, I do not like writing about myself. Never have, never will. It just seems to weird to me. Probably to others as well, but I can only give you a definite for myself.

What a pudd-whacker. Seriously. Why am I doing his job? I understand that he wants me to learn the job so that I can, someday, take over for him. But this is ridiculous. I mean I have to work with these people daily, I don't need for them to hear that I wrote their evals. Especially since they are expecting him to do it. We'll see whatever fallout there is in a couple of weeks, and I shall share all the good stuff!

Our temp just up and quit. Go figure. Here we spend three or four weeks training her, she likes it, or says that she does, and poof! she's gone. Oh well. She's off to fly the friendly skies, or whatever. Again, go figure.

Well, I should go home and take care of the little guys and gals.

Maybe more later.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

This will be short...

I promise.

Started cleaning out/turning into a rec room, my garage today... Took some before pictures, for posterity, but will only post them when I am finished. o, stay tuned.

The Broncos played the Lions today. At least some people dressed up as the Denver Broncos played today... UGH - LY! And that is all I'm going to say about that.

As you noticed yesterday, I found out about Google Docs, so expect to see some of my "serious" writing here in the future. I actually have a few things written doen that I will share here.


That's it, told you it would be short. :-)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The previous post...

Was brought to you via Google Docs. How cool is that, now I can write these long-winded diatribes about - whatever, on my desktop/laptop/anytop/itouch-top? then upload them via the Google Docs thingy.


I need a life.

Church desperately needs a new bell ringer.

Ad posted.

Man answers ad… He has no arms.


Use my forehead.

Hesitant response, thinking of risks…


Running start… Face impacts… BONG!

Running start… MISS!



Police called.

Who is he?

Don’t know, but his face sure rings a bell.

What starts with "G"

Why that would be the word gibberish.

Do you realize that I have been spelling that word wrong, for the absolute longest time. Why has no one corrected me? Or did they, and I just didn't pay attention.

I only found out because of, get this, microsoft's spell-check. You know the one that says you misspelled a word, when you really didn't. Anyway, I didn't trust this source, nope had to pull down the Webster's American Dictionary College Edition - makes me feel smarter.

Know what I found? There is a word 'jib,' which has something to do with a crane, but no 'jibberish.' Makes sense, especially since I wasn't talking about cranes, that the word I wanted was there as well, only spelled with a 'g' - gibberish.

I feel so embarrassed.

Okay, I'm over it.

How can Linkin Park be so popular when they have that dude Chester screaming ALL THE TIME? Who knows? I still like them. :-)

Three days in...

And still blogging.

If you can call it that.

Now I wonder if I need to sign in to the web site for NaBloPoMo to be involved... Not sure, but can't check it from here, at work, because the filters say that it is a dating site.

So, now I will have to try and remember to do this later.

Tonight, with six kids crawling over me... ({[editor: okay, in reality it will only be the two youngest - they still like him!] - when did I get an editor, and am I using this correctly?} - now what?!?)

Maybe I can look into it tomorrow, when they are still sleeping. Preferably, when I am awake. Now I don't know which of these "contests" will be harder. a) Taking the time to write 50,000 words put together so that there is a coherent story about (fill in your blanks here), or b) Write jibberish about whatever the heck I feel like for thirty (count 'em) thirty straight days.

Sounds like "b" is the winner doesn't it?

I thought so too, at first. But, I believe that writing jibberish can sometimes be a daunting task, and not everyone can do it. Don't believe me? Take a look at all those blogs out there that have one or two entries per week, month, year, ever! Just look at my previous blogs (which I would still be utilizing if I could only remember the password.) as proof.

See, I haven't always had this "talent" for jibberish - not true, but go along with it.

Now granted writing 50,000 words isn't an easy task, by any stretch of the imagination, and for them to all tie together and make me BIG bucks! Nearly impossible, but I can dream, write (catch that?). While my word count at 3 days (still zero) isn't very glamorous, I can still "catch up" by writing 2,000 words per day, as opposed to the recommended 1667. I mean, I started this post figuring it would be a couple of lines, and it has turned into (how many? 347), in a short period of time (say ten minutes). If I were to average that many words for just one hour, I would have written 2082. I'm not even counting these words which still fall within the ten minute zone.

***Side note: I didn't realize that I can type 34.7 words per minute. Actually more, since it still hasn't been ten minutes.

Like the Dollyrots say... 'Because I'm Awesome!'

Okay, I'm over myself, for now. I shall retreat back to work. Oh and I don't feel guilty for doing this at work, by the way. I spend less time per day doing this that the smokers spend sucking their lives away.

So there.

Friday, November 2, 2007


More from Jenni's uncle. He takes great pictures and I will always plug his work, so if you want to see more, ho here. You will see some great pictures and even learn a thing or two, unless you already know about them birdies. :-)
Sorry Benjy, maybe the other Eagles (from Philadelphia) will be represented at a later date.


What the heck is that? Well thanks to me being bored at work, I stumbled upon this blog and she explains it all. So there.

Okay NaBloPoMo is National Blog Posting Month, which advocates posting on your blog everyday during the month of November. Way easier than writing a novel in a month, but... I shall not give up my novel writing this month for nothing (total word count: 0) [never said I wasn't a procrastinator]. Interesting, I never thought of using those with English.... hmmm.

Where was I?

Don't know, something about writing something everyday about ... something. How about that?

So now I have two NaMo thingies, maybe we can create something else, like NaEa3MMo (National Eating 3 Musketeers Month), it's worth a shot, all I need is a website and some press and voila! It is set in netspace stone, or something way more creative!


Two days down and 28 to go... I think I can succeed at this, no problem. The novel? Talk to me on Monday, or better yet Saturday (Dec 1), and I will let you know. Of course I can't keep that away from here too long, so...

Stay tuned.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Happy November!

Welcome to November, everyone!!

Don't have much else to say, so I won't.


I always have something to say!

At least I'm not double-spacing this post. What's that? I am? Oh, sorry about that. It just looks better to me this way. And since this is my blog, I can do whatever I want, correct? So there.

Okay, day one of NaNoWriMo and I have exactly 0 words written. Can you believe that? Me neither, but it is true. My mojo has gone away for some reason, so now all I have is my guilt trip, to myself, via this blog. Now if that isn't a case for psychological help, I don't know one.

truth be told, I run several story ideas through my mind, at all times it seems, and then I critisize the snot out of it, and discourage myself and.... voila, JK Rowling is the richest woman in the world, and I'm working at a job I don't necessarily care about. See how that works? So, I need to read some motivational stuff and write 10,000 words this weekend. That'll make me feel better. What would be even better would be that all 10,000 words help move a story along and ... well I think you know the rest. :-)

Halloween was cool. Nothing like watching the kids go around begging for candy to make my day. Actually, I started feeling better after the lights were turned off and the candy was all passed out. Why? Glad you asked. Because it's now November dummy! That's right November, which has Thanksgiving, and gets us all closer to Christmas. Best time of the year in my book. I love it!

If you don't like Christmas and all that it stands for, then you probably won't like being here for the next two months or so. That's right it's Christmas and holiday happiness abounding throughout the blog! Best part is it goes through the Epiphany in January. Now after that I'll probably go back to my normal depressing self. Cheerful thought, no doubt.

Well, I should head out, gotta family to see and a pillow with my name on it. Maybe, just maybe some words will be typed onto a word processor that will become the beginning of something wonderful!

See ya!